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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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2,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,325
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 136
Gots: 293 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 6.7%
IBUs: 60

216 calories per 12 oz serving

Label artwork changes annually.
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Photo of Foxtrot
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY! I've been trying to get my hands on this beer for a long time. Distro is pretty bad in my area for Deschutes beers.

Pours into my Stone IRS snifter with incredible beige foam and massive head. Body is dark red with burnt orange edges coupled with massive amounts of lacing, allowing me to feast with my eyes.

Aroma is quite nice, slightly delicate. Beautiful roasted caramel and bread overtones, with some very dark orange citrus high notes. It doesn't quite pack the aromatic punch that I was looking for, but it certainly gets the job done in a no nonsense fashion.

The nose was just a road map for the taste. Begins relatively smooth with toasty caramel and light chocolate being its center, then moves onward mid palate with a nice bready body that gives way to a good hoppines that follows all the way to the finish with just the slightest touch of astringency.

Mouthfeel was a few notches above medium. Carbonation was just right. Prickly, but just enough to lift the flavors.

This is huge drinkable and enjoyable winter seasonal that has eluded me for a long time, but was worth while after scoring a case! Cheers!

Photo of EgadBananas
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, murky bronze-like color, with a light tan finger and a half of head that dissipates to a bit of splotchy bubbles leaving a nice bit of sporadic lacing.

Aroma is of slight malt sweetness, mild acidic fruits, and some spices.

Taste is malty, slightly sweet, some dark fruits, spice cake, and a fair amount of crisp bitter finishings.

Feel is slightly crisp, lighter in body, and slick.

Overall, good drink and a nice enjoyable WW.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a clear dark brown amber, tan head left sticky lacing up the glass
S - light fruity syrup and caramel, sweet pear and light leafy hop note
T - strong malt backbone with roasty, caramel, and light coffee flavours, a definite fruity sweetness of pear and apple, with crisp hop finish
M - medium body starts creamy smooth quickly moving to a pleasant crisp bitter and light dryness
D - truly exceptional, instead of the typical spice bomb that masks may winters, this is characterized by the candied fruit and rich malty flavour with a fantastic hop balance, truly exceptional

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fine beer for the first Nor'easter of 2011. Clear chestnut color looks brilliant auburn when held to light. Hearty tan head relaxes and makes itself comfortable: like me on this winter afternoon. Great, foamy retention is what I'm trying to say. Equally as good lacing.

Aroma is fig, spice medley, caramel and dark bread. Taste is rum raisin, thin steely caramel, plum and chocolate muffin. Toned down hop spice with a pharmaceutical lean. I'd like a chewier mouthfeel. I suspect this beer is at the end of it's lifeline.

Photo of LazyL
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark ruby brown warmer that goes down very easily. Great brady Christmas fruit cake flavours are abundant. Tastes real, not just spiced up. Layer after layer of raisin, date and currant style flavours roll over your taste buds. The higher alcohal level provides a gental warmth, perfect for these colder evenings.
Nice beer, cant complain and would eagerly grab one if offered. Another win from Deschutes.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into tulip. Thanks to vkv822!

A- Dark brown body, mild frosting on glass and a head that settles quickly.

S- Winter spices, bready malts.

T- Fruity, almost like a dunkel actually. Tasty caramel malts and winter spices. Plums, raisins, and I almost want to say banana.. Spice is mild and well-focused. Some bitter pith in the finish. A bit of fruit tartness comes out about 1/2 way through. Like unripe fruit.

M- Lingering bitterness kind of throws off the finish.. Nice body, carbonation is pretty good.

D- Pretty good. A tasty beer. Another good one from Deschutes.

Photo of beerhan
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personally I have never been that impressed by winter warmers but this is really something else. Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Nice thick coffee black color with a thick cocoa head. Smells like coffee, toffee, cinnamon, and a whole kitchen of spices. The taste is sort of a combination between toffee and spice that balances out to be not spicy at all but just a smooth beer that is real drinkable. A tasty winter treat for desert that goes great with chocolate.

Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown colored brew, not easy to see through but it looks pretty clear. Small tan head, lots of lace. Pretty big malt scent, candy sweetness and a bit of roast. Kinda has a bit of a brown ale taste, but its better than most browns in my opinion. Some nut tones, some candy sweetness, a bit of bittering hops and perhaps some other spices. Thin to medium mouth, pretty wet. The more i've drank of it, the more it reminds me of a brown, so if youre into those then this would be a good one to try, but that style isnt my thing.

Photo of Lothore
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brownish red hue with a nice, frothy, off white head.

S- Dark fruits, hints of spice

T- Starts out with dark fruit, raisin, prune and moves into roasted malt, bits of coffee with some mixed spices.

M- Creamy, medium bodied with medium/low carbonation.

D- Nice little winter warmer. Not my favorite but I wouldnt mind trying it again.

Photo of neorunner
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #9 - http://flic.kr/p/97V5tE

Thanks to Flexabull for sending me this beer in Round 3 of the Blind Beers BIF.

12oz bottle that calls once again for a pint. Bell's glass caught my eye when I opened the cabinet. Pours a nice amber brown with a head that is still around as I write this over 10 minutes after I poured the beer. I got distracted opening a haul from a friend and playing with my new vacuum sealer before finally settling down to write this review.

Aroma is biscuity with a tinge of caramel. Not a lot of hop presence in the nose. Brown ale or an amber perhaps? Mouthfeel is a bit dry and slightly creamy. Flavor is nice, mellow but a noticeable hop in the finish. I think the creamy-ness in the mouthfeel is more from soft water than grain.

Going to go with an English Bitter for the style.

Man, Flexabull throwing curveball after curveball. Answer is a bottle of Jubelale from Deschutes. I got to try a bit of this at my homebrew club's last meeting along side some Super Jubel 2010. We tasted over 35 beers that night so my recollection is a bit hazy, however I feel like I've enjoyed it more tonight than I did then. Thanks again Paul!

Photo of drewba
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Deep burgundy with a cream colored one finger head with red tints. A tiny film of head remains for the duration with medium lacing.

S - Caramel, a little molasses, grape, candied sugar, cherry, yeast.

T - I'm in malt heaven: caramel, molasses, roasty malt, some bread, and loads of dark fruit. Plum, fig and lots of raisins are present from the beginning through the finish. The hop profile seems to be an afterthought, but I am getting a little lemon and grass. There is a little metallic tinge in the finish.

M - Wonderfully smooth with low to medium carbonation, which really makes this a treat to drink.

D - Dark fruit maybe be least favorite flavor profile, but this is highly drinkable and though the dark fruits are in the spotlight, they aren't overbearing or linger too long.

Photo of luxbwin
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Saint Arnold's pint glass
App - Dark with a nice head. I love that you can barely see through this beer
Smell - Great aroma, love that malt smell
Taste- This beer has grown on me. I really did not enjoy it at first, but I have made beer cheese soup and chili with it. As I drink it right now, it truly is growing on me.
Drink- I will probably come back to this if I see it on the shelf of my local liquor store. I really like it while eating Jubelale beer cheese soup.

Photo of readbaron
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish-amber, with fingerwidth sticky tan foam.

Smells prominently of wood and spice, with a good bit of malt underneath.

Tastes like oak - bitter - yet finishes smooth and malty. It's nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice - medium and fairly creamy. Pleasantly dry.

Highly drinkable. Could do a few of these if needed.

Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into standard pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours a lofty 2+ finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles slowly, leaving some sticky residue behind as it does. Some nice beer ring lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Roasted malt. Very woody tone with a little chocolate, nut, and just a little spice.

T: The woody and peaty tones are the most prominent component of this brew. A slightly sweet malt flavor present, too; but the other components rule the day.

M: Hearty body, with a peaty finish that lingers throughout the experience.

D: This can be enjoyed as a sipping brew, or can be gone through as quickly as you please.

Atmosphere is pretty good here. Really nice appearance with a great foamy head and lots of lacing. Nose is not all that complex, but does have a nice combo of sweet and malt components. Flavor is characterized less by the malt, and more by the other components. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky hazy dark brown with a fluffy off with head that has good retention. Plenty of lacing can be seen on the tulip.

s - Upfront the hops dominate. mainly citric hops but there are also some floral tones. It ends with some lightly toasted caramel notes that give the beer balance and tone down the citric aspect of the beer.

T - Taste is a bit maltier than I expected with some berry flavors. Sour raspberries come to mind. Citric hops come out towards the middle. Lots of grapefruit going on in the middle of the taste. Finish is clean and again with raspberries only a little sweeter than what I got at the start.

M - Medium bodied, soft, and moderately carbonated.

D - This is a good beer. I acquired one in a trade with gkunkle. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey brown color with a small dense tan colored head that settled into a light ring.

I am not picking up much in the aroma. Some brown bread, candied honey, and light piney hops.

The taste starts off with some bitter piney hops, raisins and some light holiday spice (ginger and juniper?). This is supported by a bready malt which brings some caramel sweetness and dry tea flavors.

The body is light to moderate with plenty of fizzy carbonation. Starts sweet on the palate but finishes with an earthy evergreen bitterness.

This beer just didn't do it for me. The mix of spice and hops seems a bit harsh. Not sure if my bitter senses are over active today. Not all that impressed.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Not sure why it took me so long to review this...one of my favorite Winter Warmers.

Deschutes makes attractive beers. Jubelale is made by Deschutes. 2+2=4? Check. Ruby red, mahogany-tinted body sports a hefty cap of custard-colored foam that retains well and leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is equally as impressive, with stylistic grounds more than covered as notes of toasted toffee malts and succulent dark fruits waft from the glass. A good dose of piny, west-coast hopping is detectable, too.

More toasted brown malt in the flavor, with a lingering aftertaste of browned apple flesh, holiday spices, and fresh hops. Very bold and aggressive for the style, yet Jubelale pulls back and lets each flavor come through at any given time. Mouthfeel is rich and nearing full-bodied, but the spot-on carbonation level keeps things from getting cloyingly sweet and syrupy. All in all, a top notch, WC Winter Warmer from the skilled hands at Deschutes. I grab a six pack every winter, and should try to find some more before spring 2011 rolls around...

Photo of Luu777
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Yul beer, hoppier than most and a definite treat
a- Nut brown color with hints of red
s - like a beer. molasses, hops, malt, with an emphasis on the malty side
t- delicious. Start with a nutty molasses taste, bits of plum, and finish with the hops. Just lovely.
m - Good carbonation, smooth all the way down.
d - could drink a six of these no problem.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 3 finger off white head. Good retention. Good lacing. Color is very dark brown/black.

S. Smell is spicy. Cinnamon, caramel, licorice, some clove, brown sugar, nutmeg. Smells like xmas. A nice malt base with quite a bit of spices going on to provide a unique wintery smell.

T. Taste is not as complex as the smell. The spices seem to be a bit more muted than I expected. Again has a nice caramel dark malt base that provides some sweetness, with quite a few spice flavors going on.

D. Drinkable. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. Smell was good. Taste was a little lackluster. All in all a good beer, but not the best winter warmer I have had.

M. Medium/light bodied. Somewhat lacking in the body. Felt a little watery to me.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to my buddy UA8 for hooking it up!

Pours a dark brown that's near black, there's basically no head except for a few light brown bubbles. Nose is spicy and fruity, some molasses as well.

Taste is quite spicy and flavorful, there's some nice dark malt character to it, and a nice creamy mouthfeel with light but sharp carbonation. There's a slight warming from it that's nice as well.

Photo of csiewert
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This nut brown holiday special really warms the heart. Pours a nice chocolate color with one finger of off white head. The smell is of roasted barely and chocolate. The taste starts strong of chocolate and malt and then finishes with some slight hoppy bitterness. The finish is very smooth and makes the beer very drinkable. Good winter beer for those fans of brown ales.

Photo of SamN
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, great looking beer here! Brilliant red color, enormous reddish tan hued head. Strong, crisp smells; strong West Coast hops well balanced caramel malts. Huge smells, very tasty. Tastes of tea, flowery spices and bold biscuity malts. A little too bitter in the aftertaste, this is a hopper winter warmer styled beer. Alcohol is well hidden, though it's not a particularly strong beer. Well constructed medium bodied beer, great feel.

My personal preferences affect my opinion of this beer, while it's good for the style, is I don't particularly like spiced beers. The spices and the hops make this brew just a tad too strong for me. Still, another hit from Deschutes. What else did you expect?

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Photo of ckeegan04
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

A - Deep reddish brown with faint ruby highlights around the edge of the glass. Two fingers of light brown head sit on top and last for the duration.

S - Very sweet and lightly spiced. Rich caramel malts and dark breads come to mind with just a touch of ginger and cinnamon. Very inviting aroma.

T - Sweet and boozy with a faint hint of spicing. As great as the aroma is, the taste is rather average. Sweet breads and just a hint of caramel.

M/D - A little thinner than expected, but I would still call it medium bodied. Booziness is a touch too much to score real high on the drinkability scale.

Photo of xnicknj
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to SamuelJackson45

Pours a deep dark copper with cherry and brown hues. A thick, frothed beige head bubbles up and retains well with some patchy lacing around the glass.

A lighter nose with scents of holiday spice, doughy breadiness, and a touch of piny hops.

A nice splash of caramel malts with assorted spices right up front. Piny hops and light sweetness throughout. Some dark fruit flavor with some molasses like sticky sweetness. Candied brown sugar and another dose of hops towards the end. Slight warmth in the finish.

Medium bodied, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and dry in feel. A nice combo of spice and hops which makes for a solid drinking winter warmer, although the nose was pretty muted.

Photo of sweemzander
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best by 02/24/2011. Thanks to hopsbreath for this one I believe!

(A)- Pours a deep/dark reddish brown hue. Produced a good fluffy tan to orange colored head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Dry, but with some raisin and fig with a caramel sweetness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Some subtle roasted qualitites in there with a creamy nutmeg and caramel sweetness. Cocoa starts to some through as it warms.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rich and smooth yet a bit dry and spicy. A good blend and combo of elements.

(D)- A solid to great winter warmer. Rich and smooth without being too strong. Perfect for tonite; a few days before xmas.

Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,325 ratings.